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I consider Prof. Ferguson to be a bit like Rush Limbaugh, in that his often brilliant messages are delivered with full attention to his own brilliance. But he is always stimulating and thought-provoking, and finds unique ways to make the complex understandable...

If you can spare 20 minutes to watch this video, I hope you will agree.

1 posted on 03/22/2012 12:16:53 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob
Yes, this is from his new book Civilization.

My co-authors Mike Allen, Dave Dougherty and I take a different approach in "Patriot's History of the Modern World," coming out this November. American "exceptionalism" rests on four fundamentals:

1) common law; 2) Christian, mostly Protestant religion; 3) property rights (including land ownership); 4) a free market.

Even many of the western states that Ferguson cites in his book really no longer rely on common law. Virtually all of the world is now based on civil law---a terrifically important difference.

2 posted on 03/22/2012 12:20:44 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: bigbob
Can I find those apps on my iphone?..../sarc
3 posted on 03/22/2012 12:22:49 PM PDT by lula ( Wonder what Breitbart was working on that the Obama Administration could not afford to go public)
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To: bigbob
If you can spare 20 minutes to watch this video, I hope you will agree.

I expected an article. I've got nothng against seminar talks, but if you want to engage and persuade me, you need to use real words in black and white.

6 posted on 03/22/2012 12:35:34 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: bigbob

Competition
Scientific Revolution
Property Rights
Modern Medicine
Consumer Society
The Work Ethic


7 posted on 03/22/2012 12:36:30 PM PDT by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: bigbob

“Can the West Delete Its Own Apps?”

Yes - we are doing so now.


11 posted on 03/22/2012 12:49:51 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: OneWingedShark

Ping For Later


12 posted on 03/22/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: bigbob
Bill Bernstein in "The Birth of Plenty" credits property rights, the scientific method, capital markets and communications.
13 posted on 03/22/2012 1:02:49 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: bigbob
“The great divergence is over,” as 0bama bows to the Chinese.
15 posted on 03/22/2012 2:45:34 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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